NOTE: this currently applies to JumpStart C++ for Cortex only, and not to JumpStart C for AVR

Purchasing a JumpStart C++ (V9) for Cortex license gives you a perpetual right to use the compiler software as released at the time of purchase, as long as the terms of agreement are followed. You may request technical support, and you may upgrade the software to a later V9 if your maintenance agreement is current. A license purchase includes 12 months of maintenance agreement. You may purchase additional terms of maintenance whenever you choose. 

For example, lets say you purchase a license on March 5th, 2018. This means that your license is valid for any V9 versions released up to April 1, 2019 (we round up to the following month).

To run versions released after April 1, 2019, you need to purchase a 12-month maintenance agreement. You may purchase maintenance at any times.

To reiterate: an expired maintenance agreement does not disallow you to run any versions that you were able to run prior to the expiration date, it only disallows running versions that are released after expiration.

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Why JumpStart C for AVR

In a single package, you can be productive with programming Atmel AVR MCUs in a matter of hours, instead of days or weeks. JumpStart C for AVR even includes an integrated visual debugger (separate license purchase required). See also Why JumpStart Tools.

From a customer:

btw, I used to have -well, still have somewhere-, a license for ICCAVR6, which I used extensively for similar projects for experiments at CERN; your tools have played their part in the discovery of the Higgs boson, no kidding cool

Major Features of JumpStart C Tools

  • Professional IDE with workspace/project management, syntax aware features, code browsing etc.
  • No need to write linker command files. Select target device by name and our tools do the rest.
  • Full set of compiler tools including C compiler, assembler, linker and library file manager.
  • Produce standard format output files, interspersed C and asm listing files, and symbolic debug files.
  • Target specific and machine independent optimizations.
  • Native debugger, integrated with the IDE.
  • Built-in flash downloader.

JumpStart Tools Come in Three Different Editions

  • STD (Standard) - for basic commercial development. Flash memory limited to 64K bytes (Atmel AVR) 
  • NC (Non-Commercial) - for students and hobbyists. With mostly same features as STD.

Owners of one edition type may upgrade to the higher editions for the difference in price.

JumpStart C for Atmel AVR Additional Features

  • PRO (Professional) version - Add more optimizations (5%-20% better code) and with no limit on flash memory usage
  • Fast ANSI C conformant compilers written from the ground up, optimized for microcontroller targets.
  • Seamless integration with Atmel debug pods, including: AVR Dragon, JTAGICE MkII, JTAGICE3, and Atmel-ICE.
  • Supports all AVR, megaAVR, and XMEGA series.
  • Application Builder provides a point-and-click visual interface for peripheral initialization code generation (AVR and megaAVR only).
  • (PRO only) Industry first whole program compression optimizer. Reduce code by 5%-15%.

JumpStart C for Atmel AVR STD/NC editions are limited to 128K bytes of code memory.

JumpStart C for Atmel AVR PRO edition in addition supports MIO (Machine Independent Optimizer) and Code Compression optimizer to provide 10-20% better code.

More comments from a customer Patrick Cowan:

Your business model is awesome, and I think it has huge potential to sell your software by making it very easy to use and basically idiot-proof. I don't know much about software, but I was able to learn how to use an Arduino fairly easily. The idea of your software being that same level of simple/easy, but working on other processors is very appealing. In fact we found your company existed because I told [my partner] that someone HAD TO be making software like this. After doing some google searching we found you guys! 

CodeBlocks IDE

ImageCraft enhanced the Open Source CodeBlocks IDE to add user friendly features such as selecting target device via point-and-click, instead of writing complicated linker files. We integrated it with our own JumpStart Debugger including the ability to see the MCU's IO register content. More information and screenshots here.

JumpStart Debugger

The integrated debugger is described here. It requires a separate license purchase to enable all of its features.


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